Andy Murray’s standing for the Australian Open was put unsure Thursday after he examined optimistic for the coronavirus solely days earlier than his deliberate constitution flight to Melbourne.
The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at dwelling close to London, the match mentioned in a press release.
“Sadly this implies he will probably be unable to hitch the official AO constitution flights arriving in Australia within the coming days to undergo the quarantine interval with the opposite gamers,” the assertion mentioned. “The AO followers love Andy, and we all know how a lot he loves competing right here in Melbourne and the way arduous he’d labored for this chance.”
Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the primary Grand Slam match of 2021.
The Australian Open was delayed three weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions and is ready to start Feb. eight. Gamers and officers should spend 14 days in quarantine as soon as they arrive in Australia.
Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, earlier backed out of the Delray Seashore Open in Florida to “decrease the dangers” of contracting the virus via worldwide journey.
Murray might nonetheless compete in Australia. American participant Tennys Sandgren was given particular clearance to board a constitution flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne regardless of testing optimistic for COVID-19 in November and once more on Monday.
Below match protocols agreed with Australian authorities authorities, all gamers needed to return a damaging take a look at earlier than boarding their flights to Australia and could be subjected to additional testing on arrival and every day throughout a 14-day interval of quarantine.
Sandgren obtained an exemption after Australian well being officers assessed his case historical past.
American participant Madison Keys has additionally examined optimistic earlier than her scheduled flight to Australia. She mentioned she is self-isolating at dwelling.
“I’ve very dissatisfied to not be capable to play within the coming weeks after coaching arduous within the low season and realizing Tennis Australia and the excursions did a lot to make these occasions occur,” Keys wrote on Twitter.
The primary of about 1,200 gamers, coaches, entourage and officers have been set to land Thursday in Australia.
Tennis Australia mentioned gamers who’ve beforehand examined optimistic for COVID-19 have been “required to supply extra and extremely detailed medical info as proof they’re a recovered case and now not infectious or a danger to the group.”
Murray is at the moment ranked No. 123 after a number of years of battling hip accidents and surgical procedure.
The 33-year-old Scot made a teary retirement announcement in Melbourne two years in the past earlier than present process a second spherical of surgical procedures to increase his profession.